LEE S. PYLES, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lee Pyles '49

Date of birth: September 7, 1926

Date of death: November 12, 1952

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

The Mason County sheriff's office reported the wreckage of a missing four-engine Navy Privateer plane which had 11 men aboard had been found in rugged Olympic Peninsula country. The plane disappeared last night on a flight from the Sand Point Naval Air Station at Seattle.

Chief Deputy Sheriff FORD MEYER said the plane has been found but "at this time we don't know of any survivors.

The wreckage was found near an abandoned logging camp approximately 400 feet from when the camp watchmen said he spotted the flames when the crash occurred.

The crew members and their next of kin included Lt. (JG) LEE S. PYLES, 26, co-pilot; wife in Seattle; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley T. Pyles, 129 Cochran St., Fairmont, W. Va.

Lee is buried in Maryland. His wife remarried; she passed away in 2012.

He is not mentioned in the 1949 Class History.


Class of 1949

Lee is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.